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Report - Courage Brewery - May 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by vmlopes, May 6, 2010.

  1. vmlopes

    vmlopes 28DL Full Member
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    So a little history:

    Courage & Co Ltd was started by John Courage at the Anchor Brewhouse in Horselydown, Bermondsey in 1787. It became Courage & Donaldson in 1797. By 1888, it had been registered simply as 'Courage'. In 1955, the company merged with Barclay, Perkins & Co Ltd (who were located at the nearby Anchor Brewery) to become Courage, Barclay & Co Ltd. Only five years later, another merger with the Reading based Simonds' Brewery led to the name changing to Courage, Barclay, Simonds & Co Ltd. This was simplified to Courage Ltd in October 1970 and the company was taken over by the Imperial Tobacco Group Ltd two years later.

    Their vast Worton Grange (now Berkshire) Brewery was opened on the Reading/Shinfield border in 1978. The Anchor Brewery closed in 1981 and all brewing was transferred there. Imperial Tobacco was acquired by the Hanson Trust in 1986 and they sold off Courage to Elders IXL who were renamed the Foster's Brewing Group in 1990.

    Back on 12 February 2008, Scottish & Newcastle announced its intention to close its Berkshire Brewery Operations by early 2010. This left the 362 employees working at the brewery with an uncertain future.

    It closes its doors for the last time on 2 April 2010.

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    960 cans per pallet, and there was another warehouse identical to this :eek: you do the maths....

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    Watching the sun come up in the brewhouse

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    Some of the brewhouse's Lauter Tuns

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